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Petroleum and Environmental Management Tool : Eastern Arctic study area : final report   /   Nunami Stantec   Canada. Northern Oil and Gas [Sponsor]
Burnaby, B.C. : Nunami Stantec, 2010.
x, 131 p. : maps ; 28 cm.
Cover title.
Project no.: 1231-10162.
Report date: November 2010.
Indexed a PDF file.
ASTIS record 73014.
Languages: English

The Northern Oil and Gas Branch (NOGB) of the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) is responsible for oil and gas resource management in much of northern Canada. To assist in fulfilling its mandate, the NOGB has developed the Petroleum and Environmental Management Tool (PEMT). This tool is intended to be used in assisting decision making for exploration investments, for general awareness of sensitivity issues and for understanding INAC processes. Information on several Valued Ecosystem Components (VECs) and Socio-economic Components (VSECs) presented in the web based geographic sensitivity analyses tool for the Eastern Arctic study area is presented. Also included is a preliminary analysis of the petroleum potential of the study area. The study area is located east of Baffin Island, Nunavut and encompasses marine habitat in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait. The boundaries of the study area are based on NOGB leasing grids applied in the Eastern Arctic, under which exploration and production licenses may be issued. Although portions of the study area hold high oil and gas potential and several small oil fields and substantial reserves of gas have been found since the 1960s in the north Baffin region, exploration for oil and gas has been limited to seismic operations and geological field work. Six VECs and two VSECs were selected to represent the ecological and social components present in the study area. General life history, key habitat requirements, sustainability factors, susceptibility to oil and gas activities, mitigation and comments on the certainty associated with the available data (pertaining to the VECs and VSECs) are included. Oil and gas activities examined included exploration (seismic activities, exploration drilling), production (field development), transportation, and decommissioning and abandonment. The VECs and VSECs selected for the Eastern Arctic study area are: Polar bear (Ursus maritimus), Bowhead Whale (Balaena mysticetus), Toothed whales (Narwhal, Monodon monoceros and beluga, Delphinapterus leucas), Arctic Char (Salvelinus alpinus), Migratory birds, Species of conservation concern, Traditional harvesting, Commercial Fishing. For each VEC and VSEC, habitat within the Eastern Arctic study area was assigned a sensitivity rating from 1 - 5, where the highest rating (5) identified areas that support a specific ecological function or process that is essential to the survival of the species or cultural resource. The lowest sensitivity ratings (1) include infrequently used areas and areas of relatively low value to the VECs and VSECs. Moderately-Low, Moderate, and Moderately High rankings indicate intermediate levels of sensitivity. Sensitivity layers accounted for variability in habitat usage and development activities in the open-water and ice covered seasons. The ranking of petroleum potential used a five point scale from very high (5) to very low (1). Qualitatively, petroleum resource potential in the study area varies between very low and very high. Geological factors in the study area are favourable for oil and gas generation and entrapment, therefore no rankings below moderate were assigned. Very high ranking was given to the areas where the potential has been demonstrated by discovery. Where no discovery has been made, the ranking was lowered to high or moderate dependant on other indicators. The utility of the PEMT depends on the availability and quality of spatial data for the VECs and VSECs. Currently available data for most VECs in this area is limited and/or dated. The current iteration of the PEMT is therefore a coarse instrument which provides general information and predictions on resource sensitivities. As additional information becomes available, it is important that the tool is updated to reflect the most recent knowledge on the biophysical or cultural components of interest. (Au)

Q, S, J, N, I, D, G, T, R, L
Animal distribution; Animal migration; Arctic char; Arctic foxes; Bird nesting; Bowhead whales; Caribou; Climate change; Economic geology; Endangered species; Environmental impact assessment; Environmental impacts; Environmental protection; Fisheries; Fishing; Geographic information systems; History; Hunting; Ice cover; Inuit; Land classification; Land use; Marine mammals; Marine transportation; Muskoxen; Narwhals; Natural area preservation; Natural resource management; Offshore oil fields; Offshore oil well drilling; Offshore seismic surveys; Oil well drilling; Parks; Petroleum and Environmental Management Tool; Petroleum leases; Polar bears; Polynyas; Reclamation; Sea birds; Sea ice; Seasonal variations; Socio-economic effects; Subsistence; Wildlife habitat; Wildlife management

G0813, G0815, G0812, G09, G10
Baffin Bay-Davis Strait; Baffin Island, Nunavut; Brodeur Peninsula, Nunavut; Devon Island, Nunavut; Ellesmere Island, Nunavut; Frobisher Bay, Nunavut; Greenland; Hudson Strait, Nunavut/Québec; Lancaster Sound, Nunavut; Melville Peninsula, Nunavut; Nunavut; Southampton Island, Nunavut

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